Much to my pleasant surprise, it was a lovely book, the story (which takes place over 15 years) of the making of a new dictionary at a Japanese publishing house.
*** BOOK: Strength in What Remains AUTHOR: Tracy Kidder YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2009 *** Before I picked up Strength in What Remains, I read two other books by Tracy Kidder, both of which I thought were well written, but not extremely compelling or original. Among Schoolchildren is the story of a year in a fifth … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Strength in What Remains
*** NOVEL: Ayesha at Last AUTHOR: Uzma Jalaluddin YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2018 *** This is a terrific book—Uzma Jalaluddin, a high school teacher and newspaper columnist, has knocked it out of the park with her first novel. A love letter to Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, a sweet, touching, and very funny romance, and a … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Ayesha at Last
One of the most delightful things about this epistolary novel is that it wasn’t intended to be a novel at all.
*** NOVEL: Death in Profile AUTHOR: Guy Fraser-Sampson YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2016 *** This is a murder mystery of the police procedural sub-genre. There seems to be a serial killer on the loose in London; five women have been raped and murdered, and the cops are baffled, as well as divided by internal politics and … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Death in Profile
*** NOVEL: Dept. of Speculation AUTHOR: Jenny Offill YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2014 *** This book isn’t a narrative, like most traditional novels. It’s bits and pieces, fragments of writing, some only a sentence long, others several pages. It’s arresting, right away, and starts to coalesce into a story, one that jumps around in time and switches from … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Dept. of Speculation – A Book Review